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East Asia Forum

Clarifying US commitments to Taiwan

Flags of Taiwan and the United States are placed for a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, 27 March 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu).

Authors: Samuel Hui and Wang Kai-Chun, Taipei On 7 July White House Asia tsar Kurt Campbell stated ‘we support a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan; we do not support Taiwan independence’, drawing an even clearer line on the US position…

Stumbling blocks to ASEAN-China smart city cooperation

Prospective buyers look at model for Forest City Johor Bahru in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 21 February 2017 (Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Author: Melinda Martinus, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute China is moving full speed ahead in the race for global technology leadership having promoted artificial intelligence, expanded venture capital and funded start-ups worldwide. ASEAN countries have seen a surge in Chinese capital flows…

Taiwan’s China dependency is a double-edged sword

Taiwanese President and chairwoman of the DPP Tsai Ing-Wen, seen pointing at a pineapple during a press conference at the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) office. In response to China's ban on exports of Taiwan-grown pineapples, the Taiwan government has been promoting local products based on home grown pineapples, Taipei, Taiwan, 3 March 2021 (Photo: Reuters).

Author: Roy C Lee, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research Taiwan’s remarkable economic performance in 2020 is something to celebrate given most countries globally plunged into recession because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taiwan’s GDP increased by 3.11 per cent in 2020…